September 24 – 28
Learning is always fun at St. Dominic!

As administrators our favourite part of our day in when we get to visit classes and see the learning in action.  This week were able to visit Mme. Tank in her portable and see students creating stable structures using only a few materials.  As we enter the classrooms, the excitement is overwhelming as students are asking us to come and check out their creations.  Learning in fun and engaging ways is always taking place in our school community and we couldn’t be more prouder!

School BBQ and Open House
Everyone is welcome to come to our BBQ on Thursday, September 27th. Classrooms will be open for visits and teachers will be in their classrooms starting at 5:30 to 6:15 to meet parents and informally discuss curriculum expectations. From 6:15 – 7:00, classrooms will be closed and everyone will be invited to participate in the festivities outside. Remember Me Catering will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 27th!

Spirit Wear is Back!
We will be setting up our online store ready for you to purchase some amazing St. Dominic Spirit Wear!  Stay tuned for a flyer home with the link of the website for purchases.  The store will be open until Sunday, October 14th!

Donations needed!
We are looking for any gently used sports equipment that we can use on our yard during recess times.  We are looking for volleyballs, basketballs and/or soccer balls.  If you would like to donate, please bring your items to the main office.  Thanks in advance for your support!

ECO News
We have some great news here at St. Dominic!  We have a star on our hands!  We are so proud of our Custodian, Tony Ward and his commitment to sustainability.  Check him out in the newest edition of Ontario School Plant Manager Summer 2018.  The link is below!

Wellness Tip of the Week

Learn to put yourself in your child’s shoes.
Pause and really listen to your child before offering advice or getting angry. This helps your child trust you and listen more openly to the advice you decide to give. When children are upset, be careful to understand their point of view and validate that they feel that way whether or not you agree. Children, along with adults, can better accept a different view of a situation once their emotions have been accepted and understood. Hearing the child’s viewpoint can reduce their defensive reaction. This doesn’t mean there is no consequence for breaking rules, but it means they can express what happened, or what their thought process was, so they can grow. Children who grow up with their feelings not accepted will struggle in the future.(

Numeracy Tip of the Week
As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject.  Some tips include:
Be positive about math.
 Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math.  Don’t stress either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math.  Remember, everyone can and does use math all the time.

Show your kids math at work in their world.  Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations.  Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves.  For example:

  • Let them measure when you bake.
  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on the side of the house to the garden.
  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.
  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons.  Sort cards by suit or numbers.

Make math a game.  Math games are fun and inexpensive.  They are a wonderful way to get your kids to enjoy working with numbers, as well as improve their number skills.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Many games that we take for granted are excellent math lessons.  “Go Fish” teaches counting and grouping in sets.  Games that use play money teach how to make change.  Board games that use dice teach addition and counting.  Backgammon teaches addition, subtraction, and strategy.
  • Beans, stones, or marbles can be used to play number games.  Let your child develop his or her own games by sorting beans into different sizes or types, setting up the rules for a counting game, or using different types of pasta to make a picture.
  • Give your children a geometry lesson by letting them create a collage of circles, squares, and triangles.  Challenge them to come up with as many different shapes as they can using only triangles.
  • Play store with the items in your cupboard.
  • A pan of water and some jars or cups of different sizes will amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Sept 24 – Junior Co-ed Soccer Tourney at RIM Park
  • Tues. Sept 25 – Intermediate Boys/Girls 3 Pitch at RIM Park
  • Tues. Sept 25 – PHOTO DAY
  • Wed. Sept 26 – French Fun Night
  • Thurs. Sept 27 – Opening School BBQ
  • Thurs. Sept 27 – Constable Andre visits Primary classes
  • Fri. Sept 28 – Terry Fox Run
  • Tues. Oct 2 – Safety Village – Montes, Herzog and Batiste
  • Tues. Oct 2 – Umbrella Project Kick Off – Be A Welcoming Friend Assembly
  • Wed. Oct 3 – Safety Village – Schnarr and Parisi
  • Thurs. Oct 4 – Constable Andre visits – Grade 6-8
  • Fri. Oct 5 – School Mass at 10:50am